The Center for Transportation and the Environment recently released a 63-page report to provide suggestions for expanding the adoption of zero-emission buses in the U.S. transit industry.
The report – entitled Transit Vehicle Innovation Deployment Centers/TVIDC Advisory Panel Overview and Conclusions and published by the Federal Transit Administration – is the culmination of discussions held by the CTE-led advisory panel between the zero-emission industry and transit agency leaders and advocacy groups.
Under FTA’s TVIDC program, CTE said it formed this panel to address transit bus testing and research topics related to zero-emission bus development and adoption. Participants include more than a dozen transit agency general managers, leading transit bus manufacturers, all three federal bus testing centers, and public transit advocacy groups including the American Public Transportation Association.
The report based its findings on panel discussions held in August 2019 in Los Angeles and in January 2020 in Chicago, CTE said.
The nonprofit group noted that its report suggests strategies aimed at improving and guiding five key elements of the growing zero-emission transit industry: bus testing facilities, innovation research, transit bus automation, workforce development, and collaboration with electric utilities. The strategies range from focusing research resources on efficiency improvements and resiliency to forming a collaborative working group between transit agencies and electric utilities, explained Dan Raudebaugh, CTE’s executive director
“The release of the Advisory Panel’s conclusions comes at a pivotal moment for the zero-emission transportation industry,” he said in a statement. “As efforts to decarbonize the transit industry gain momentum, a coordinated effort is necessary to effectively use research, program, and training resources.”